Match Preview – Willand Rovers v Yate Town
Saturday 2nd December
On Saturday Yate Town visit 5th placed Willand Rovers, who are having a good season but their form has dropped off lately.
Following on from the encouraging 1-1 draw at Bideford a couple of weeks ago, then a blank Saturday last weekend due to Hamworthy resigning from the League, Yate Town manager, Darren Mullings, has been working hard with the squad over the last couple of weeks. Joe Hall served his one match ban at Bideford and will be available for selection, however, Chris Peck picked up his fifth booking of the season at Bideford and will serve his one match ban at Willand. Finley Bell has had his loan from Forest Green Rovers extended until 29th December.
Forward Milo Murgatroyd made a goal scoring debut at Bideford and with such a solid performance at Bideford, Darren Mullings will be looking for a similar performance.
Despite being top of the table for brief periods earlier in the season Willand’s remain in contention for promotion. Recent results have included, a couple of weeks ago, being held to a goalless draw at home by Melksham Town and before that they lost 0-3 at Frome and at, the start of the November, Willand won 2-0 at Bideford. Last Saturday they were involved in a top of the table clash with Wimborne Town in Dorset. In an exciting game Willand lost 2-4 in front of a crowd of 695 at now top of the table Wimborne Town. Despite a great fight back by pulling two goals back from Owen Howe and Charlie Wright after being 3-0 down and giving themselves a lifeline, the hosts secured victory in the 83rd minute with Wimborne’s Jack Lovell completing his hat-trick.
Willand have lost 4 of their last 6 league games winning one and drawing the other. Owen Howe is their leading goal scorer with 9 league goals so far this season and their average League attendance is 173
Willand had little joy in the main cup completions this season getting knocked 1-3 at Helston Athletic in August in the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup and Larkhall beat them 2-0 in Somerset in the FA Trophy First Round.
For those Bluebells fans planning to drive to the game Willand Rovers play their home games at Silver Street, Willand, Cullompton, EX15 2RG.
The village, north of Exeter, has grown considerably over the past few decades with many new houses having been built. Similarly, the Football Club has grown and developed with the local community. On matchdays the club and clubhouse facilities are open before, during, and after games.
The 77-mile journey from Yate should take about 1hour 30 minutes.
Travel on the M5 Motorway southbound until Junction 27: leave the motorway and take the FIRST EXIT at the Junction 27 roundabout onto the A38 towards Wellington; continue for 0.5 miles to the Waterloo Cross Inn roundabout – take the second exit off the roundabout, effectively TURNING RIGHT, onto the B3181; follow this road for 2 miles to reach the village of WILLAND. At the first roundabout take the second exit to stay on the B3181/Silver Street; after 0.5 miles the ground can be seen on your LEFT Parking is restricted inside the stadium on matchdays, but is unrestricted around the ground on the local streets.
MATCH DAY ADMISSION PRICES FOR 2023/24
Concessions: £8.00 (Over 65’s, Students 17-21 with valid ID, member of the Armed Forces with valid ID)
Under 16s: £1.00